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Direct Shipment of Wine to Connecticut Consumers

An out-of-state business that wants to make direct shipment of wine to Connecticut consumers must meet all of the following requirements before making any shipments into Connecticut.  (The term out-of-state means any other state, territories, or possessions of the United States, including Washington D.C. or Puerto Rico, but not including any foreign country):

  • Obtain Permit from the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection (DCP):
  • a manufacturer permit for farm winery under Conn. Gen. Stat. §30-16(e); or
  • an out-of-state shipper's permit for alcoholic liquor other than beer under Conn. Gen. Stat. §30-18; or
  • an out-of-state winery shipper's permit for wine under Conn. Gen. Stat. §30-18a.
For information on obtaining the appropriate permit, telephone DCP at 860-713-6205.
  1. File a Surety Bond or Cash Bond with Department of Revenue Services (DRS): After receiving the permit from DCP, contact the  DRS Registration Unit at 860-297-4895 to obtain Form OR-131, Surety Tax Bond, or to obtain information about the posting of a cash bond.  You must file a surety bond or cash bond with DRS in order to be eligible to be licensed as an alcoholic beverage distributor. If the permit holder operates a winery and produces not more than 100,000 gallons of wine at the holder’s permit premises, the amount of the bond is $500; otherwise, the amount of the bond is $2,000.
  2. Register with DRS for a Sales Tax Permit and an Alcoholic Beverage Distributor License:  After you have completed Form OR-131 or posted a cash bond, complete and mail Form REG-1 and Addendum D to DRS with a check for the $100 fee for the sales tax permit.  When completing Form REG-1, Section 8, check “Yes” to the question: "Do you sell or will you be selling goods in Connecticut, either wholesale or retail?”.

A detail list of requirements regarding this subject can be found in SN 2005(6), 2005 Legislation Affecting the Direct Shipment of Wine to State Residents.